There are so many decisions to make when you are planning a big move, that sometimes it may feel overwhelming. However, there are things to look for that can help guide your decisions, especially when it comes to choosing the best car shipping company to move your vehicle(s).
The first step is get quotes from several different companies in order to find the best match for your needs.
What to Look for in Your Quote?
Be aware that price does matter, but not in the way you think. The lowest-priced offer sometimes comes with hidden fees, terminal to terminal service (rather than door-to-door, which can also result in higher fees for storage), or low payments to the actual shippers driving your car.
On the other end, extremely high costs could also indicate that you might want to do a little more research into the company to ensure you are not getting ripped off.
While companies might ask for a deposit before picking up your car, if they are asking for a large deposit upon ordering, this might be a warning sign. Disreputable companies may take your money and never pick up your vehicle. Ask questions and be curious about the reasons for the deposit.
Every company approaches this differently. At ShipLux, the initial deposit (dependent upon the total) is not charged until we dispatch/assign the vehicle to a driver. It is not charged immediately when we take the order. The balance is generally due on delivery.
A good car shipping quote from a reliable company will offer you PRICE TRANSPARENCY and a guarantee “that the price we give you is the price you’ll pay—so surprise surcharges or fees.” (from ShipLux.com)
What Goes into the Price Quote?
There are a lot of variables that come into play when shipping vehicles. A reliable care shipping quote will include specifics including:
Distance (costs per mile and location)
Where you are shipping too and from influences the cost for a number of reasons. Longer distances cost more because of the price of fuel and boarding, and any taxes or fees associated with crossing borders. In addition, there are seasonal variables in travel that can also influence the price for longer distance vehicle shipping.
When it comes to shipping costs for vehicle, size, weight, and dimensions do matter. Larger, oversized vehicles (like limousines, for example) might require a specialty truck. Vehicles that cannot be driven up and down the ramp, will require specialty equipment. For these reasons, it is important that you provide companies with accurate information when asking for a vehicle transport quote.
Trailer Type and Handling
Do you want to ship your vehicle in an open or enclosed trailer? (Enclosed costs more). Do you want it moving solo or shipped with other vehicles? (Solo costs more). Do you have a vehicle that requires white gloved treatment? This can often cost more--unless you go with a company that guarantees white glove treatment for all enclosed shipping like ShipLux.
Expedited or Flexible
If you need your vehicle to arrive at a very specific time, it will add to the cost for expedited shipping. Flexibility brings your price down.
Get A Transparent Price Quote From ShipLux
Before selecting a company to ship your vehicle, be sure to do your research. Get quotes from 5 or 6 companies. If any of the quotes is so low that it feels like it's too good to be true—then it just might be. Do some deeper digging before you sign on or send any company money
The best way to answer these questions and make good decisions is to reach out to experts. Compare companies and costs, routes and risks. Seek advice from a company like ShipLux. Explore our services, and get a car-shipping quote.
With the right questions, and careful research, you will find the best deal when shipping your vehicle.